The Tryon Creek State Park is home to a creek that rushes peacefully down its course. The ambient sound of Tryon Creek is a nice complement to the natural setting that is mere moments from downtown Portland.
This is the only state park in Portland’s city limits, and as such is well maintained with a paved bike path. The path runs for 2.7 miles and has mild inclines, making it a good ride for amateur cyclists looking to build up their strength before tackling longer routes.
From the park entrance at Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard and Southwest Boones Ferry Road, a bike path runs south past Lewis and Clark Law School before aligning parallel to Terwilliger. Follow the path down to Southwest E Avenue (lettered streets begin at the bottom of the park).
From here, it is possible to go north along Southwest Riverside Drive (US Highway 43) and ride north toward Lewis and Clark campus, or simply turn around head back up the paved path to Boones Ferry. Cyclists on a schedule will want to see the same 2.7 miles going uphill to return to their starting point, but those with some free time will enjoy ambling along Riverside while taking in the forest area before getting back to the beginning.